The New Authority in Great Books is Instagram: Critical Linking, August 23, 2017

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Increasingly, book publicists are working to get new hardcovers into celebrities’ hands — not in hopes of a film option but a simple tweet, Instagram photo or Facebook post. These little endorsements can reach a much larger audience than an interview with the author on a popular television show or a rave review in a major newspaper. “In previous times, you would have the Oprah or Daily Show bump,” says Todd Doughty, the director of publicity at Doubleday. “Now you have the Reese Witherspoon bump from Instagram.”

Do you get your book recs from celebrities of Instagram?

The Book of Dust is a forthcoming trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman, a companion series to His Dark Materials. The first book, La Belle Sauvage, is set 10 years before Northern Lights and centres on Lyra Belacqua, one of the original protagonists. Alethiometers, dæmons and the Magisterium also return, alongside new characters, including a new hero. La Belle Sauvage will be published in October 2017

Listen to Michael Sheen read from Philip Pullman’s latest book.

An exhibition at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington explores the science storytelling found in the funny pages and between the covers of comic books.

It’s called “S.T.E.A.M. Within the Panels: Science Storytelling Through Comic Books, Comic Strips, and Graphic Novels,” and it’s devoted to the ways the art form describes and reacts to science and technology.

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